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How Proust Changed Our Minds

Introduction:
Adam Gopnik, Critic at Large, The New Yorker

Speaker:
Alain de Botton, author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and a leader of London's The School of Life

Alain de Botton celebrates the centenary of the publication of the first volume of Marcel Proust's masterpiece In Search of Lost Time with a lecture on the story and ultimate spell cast by a book publication that, baffling to so many on its first appearance, has improbably become one of the most beloved books of our time.

Europe was on the verge of committing suicide; Africa burst into Western consciousness; technology was on a dizzying trajectory; music was losing its grip on tonality, slipping loudly into entropy. Two monumental works were premiered within eight months of each other: Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

To put this striking period into context—and perhaps find parallels with our own time—Met Museum Presents offers a series of conversations and concerts.

Part of the series "1913: The World Implodes."

Recorded October 16, 2013

Lectures and Panels (149)

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Collecting Cubism
(00:56:59) 344 views

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Lost Kingdoms Symposium, Part 1
(00:12:45) 1254 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 8
(00:26:18) 54 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 7
(00:41:24) 72 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 6
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Ink Art Symposium, Part 5
(00:41:09) 31 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 4
(00:31:59) 33 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 3
(00:29:02) 32 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 2
(00:30:01) 38 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 1
(00:37:47) 97 views

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My Met—Keith Christiansen
(00:57:48) 112 views

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Africa and the West
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Why New Art Mattered
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TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1164 views

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TEDxMet: Navina Najat Haidar
(00:12:13) 573 views

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TEDxMet: Negin Farsad
(00:14:00) 640 views

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TEDxMet: Kyle Abraham
(00:06:11) 1288 views

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TEDxMet: James Nares
(00:18:28) 316 views

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TEDxMet: Meredith Monk
(00:04:49) 344 views

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TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 383 views

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TEDxMet: Nicolai Ouroussoff
(00:14:45) 208 views

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TEDxMet: Eric R. Kandel, MD
(00:19:40) 536 views

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TEDxMet: Bill T. Jones
(00:18:53) 648 views

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TEDxMet: Melanie Holcomb
(00:18:20) 422 views

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TEDxMet: Maira Kalman
(00:18:31) 299 views

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TEDxMet: Luke Syson
(00:13:16) 411 views

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TEDxMet: Sō Percussion
(00:12:17) 219 views

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TEDxMet: Lorna Simpson
(00:07:53) 259 views

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TEDxMet: Elizabeth Streb
(00:09:07) 381 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 554 views

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The Art of Making Chintz
(00:04:20) 4420 views

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Journey to the Copper Age
(01:10:46) 2045 views

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Performance by Dan Zhu
(00:19:42) 114 views

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The Cloisters: Part Four
(00:17:19) 146 views

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The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 148 views

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The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 321 views

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The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 938 views

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Eros, God of Love
(00:49:32) 1612 views

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The Arts of the Book
(00:29:25) 183 views

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Revealing the Original
(00:25:21) 153 views

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Iraq Now! Sunday at the Met
(01:06:58) 99 views